Fantasy baseball player profiles - SP

by KFFL Staff on April 2, 2012 @ 08:55:36 PDT

 


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Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 34 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 230

San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner
Hardly a Bum, but be careful

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Halladay is elite, but denying his HR/FB fortune does a disservice. Even with more comeuppance there, this is an arm to ride. A little more effectiveness in his curveball and changeup fueled a K/9 increase, but that's more likely its peak than his new baseline. Still works to eat innings and does it better than nearly all pitchers. No reason to drop him from the top mixed SP ranks. -TH

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 23 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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17021216859562142.501.06

Kershaw is hard to hit. He still often works hard during ABs, which could eventually tire him out. But that's less of a risk now. An outright breakout in swinging strikes induced, a result of harnessing his changeup and curveball, will make him a K-per-inning pitcher for the near future. It also justifies his high strand rate. He makes his own wins, even with a shaky offense behind him. Kershaw deserves consideration among the top three mixed SP picks and could easily yield the best season of any of them. -TH

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 33 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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14021619677352083.211.07

Lee's LOB% will be his biggest correction target in 2012, but even if that comes down, that won't squash his elite peripherals: K/9 increase came from getting hitters to chase more frequently. Concurrent GB spike adds confidence that HR/9 at least won't be higher than it was in 2011. He loves pitching in the NL. One of the best mixed SP options. -TH

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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16022019275652143.071.17

Efficient velocity conservation has improved Justin Verlander's already K-heavy, IP-eating power arm. Unfortunately, IP piling up, and in 2011 he led MLB in pitches thrown for 2nd time in 3 seasons. Still fatigue risk. Another LD% drop proved he's hard to hit, but BABIP was extremely below career avg and should creep back toward .300. HR/9 shot up in late 2010; already not a GB pitcher, despite general improvement there over last 2 seasons. Skills still top-notch, but likelier to return to 2010 level. That'd probably still yield top-10 mixed SP numbers but could leave those paying inflated prices disappointed; other aces could be comparatively undervalued. -TH

Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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12018517175461383.651.17

Obvious regression to be had here in the ERA department. He'll probably never be as dominant as he was in 2010, and last year he was helped by a low BABIP, a fortunate HR/FB and a superb LOB percentage. He's still an ace, though, and his command continues to improve. Just don't be paying for another K/ 9 over 9.00 and a sub-3.00 ERA. -KH

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 28 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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10016414561411553.351.13

Hamels let his defense take some of the burden last year. His BB/9 dwindled while he became a better pitcher to contact. Harnessing his cutter has done wonders. High LOB% common for him. Late-season shoulder woes produced a correction that still yielded solid numbers overall. Third place among PHI's aces but still worth a top-10 mixed SP pick with a healthy spring. -TH

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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16022520680572183.201.17

Lingering in the back of your mind should be Hernandez's absurdly heavy workload he's compiled before turning 26. What prompted his velocity drop last year? Either way, he learned to use his off-speed stuff a little better. Even if 2011 will be closer to his baseline than 2010 will, that puts him among the top 12 or so mixed SP given his mix of K/9 and GB rates forced. His stuff remains top-notch, but he allowed the highest liner rate of his career. A new approach - more contact? - could strip some K's. For veteran young SPs, is he closer to being the equivalent of Miguel Cabrera or Hanley Ramirez? The former is the more fitting selection, but don't ignore the risk of him having showings like the latter with a notable skills setback. -TH

Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 31 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11017717073341553.711.15

Haren is a consistent innings-eater that could be the ace of most other staffs. His K/9 rate dipped a bit last year, but his pinpoint command and ground-ball tendencies make him a safe play. Relied considerably more on his cutter, which could explain drop in dominance. Good track record of health. Continue to ride Haren's skills. -KH

C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 31 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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14020518879821763.471.32

Will be only his third year in the starter role. Made a successful transition in 2010, and last year he improved on his K/9 rate while posting career bests in BB/9 and command. Also posted a sub-3.00 ERA in Texas, which isn't easy to do. He's racked up 427 1/3 frames in the last two campaigns, not counting two long postseason runs. Venue change and solid skills should negate the worry of fatigue or injury. -KH

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 165

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11019117385781884.011.31

Lincecum saw a notable K/9 dip, especially in the second half, but he also regained some velocity on his fastball, which will go a long way to keeping it above 9.00 for the near future. Walks will be a problem, but he's dominant enough to limit the consequences there, especially since he does a fine job limiting HR. He aims to throw more strikes, so that'll be a test of what his stuff can still do. That could produce some rough periods, but he's still a sound investment as one of the first mixed SP off the board. -TH

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees | Age: 31 Thr: L Ht: 6-7 Wt: 290

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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13021020688631803.771.28

Sabathia always carries a workload risk. Sabathia has surmounted that so far ... except for late in the season, when you've already gotten the most out of him. At one point, you can't be worried about the amount of IP on his left arm. He's only 31, and he's a smart hurler. He was effective with his sinkers last year, which helped sustain his solid homer prevention - not a bad skill for a NYY arm. He's likelier to have a slightly lower K/9 than last year, but he can dial it up. A safe mixed SP ranked somewhere among the top 10. -TH

Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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14019116467521743.161.13

Though not new, Greinke's homer allowance was exaggerated last year. His FB% was the lowest of any season in his career, but his HR/FB was his highest. Returning from a fractured rib likely contributed to his early-season HR allowance; his location needed time to get up to par. With one of the best K/9 and K/BB among MLB starters last year, he can be even better than the tear he went on to rectify his ERA, especially with a LOB% rebound. A sneaky ace you can buy for a modest discount. -TH

Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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3060643022504.501.43

Hanson was one of the best pitchers in 2011 before shoulder pain ended his season prematurely. It stemmed from lingering back problems in 2010. He's correcting his mechanics to put less strain on his shoulder. Many will overlook him because of the injury. Pounce. The rough stretch he had last year essentially happened while he was still hurt - his HR/9 is primed to rebound to more rational levels. His K/9 and K/BB present one of the best value picks among SP in all of fantasy. -TH

David Price, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-6 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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15020518568441792.991.12

Love the control rate gain, but Price couldn’t sustain it for the full campaign, so how much does he retain? The prevailing thought is that he pitched better in 2011 than he did in 2010, and based on indicators alone, he did. Price remains a midrange or low-end AL ace who's prone to some fluctuation, but there's actually more upside here. Expect him to make more strides in his start-to-start consistency, with lack of run support remaining a negative for his roto "value." -NM

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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16022020677412003.151.12

Wainwright's aggressive recovery from Tommy John surgery and favorable timetable could have him ready to pich at least 170 IP this season. Before the surgery, 2 years of 50-plus GB rates and 8.00-plus K/9 cultivated his elite stock. It might take a little while to get his feet under him during the season, which could make him an outstanding buy-low candidate. He could slip into mixed No. 3 SP draft territory because of overstated health concerns. His ace-level return potential should make you comfortable taking advantage of that. -TH

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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13020517276551753.341.11

Cain is … comforting. That's the most proper way to describe someone whose K/9 might have already maxed out. He threw more 2-seam fastballs last year, which generally is a means of effectively pitching to contact. Cain has been good at this for some time, as shown by his lofty LOB% in past years, and his GB increase last year foretells a continuation of this approach. His ceiling isn't as high as other top-24 mixed SP, but you're paying for his high, well-supported floor. -TH

Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11018817276581773.641.22

Kennedy isn't overpowering. His two-seamer was key to his 2011 breakout and limits his K/9 upside, along with the fact he relies on nibbling and deception for most of his K's. Kennedy still allows enough flies to be vulnerable at home. He can dial up his fastball, but he doesn't do it often. He won't be a mixed ace, but he has overcome years of health and developmental problems to become a stable No. 2 or 3 arm. Just because 2011 was over his head doesn't mean a simple regression will kill his value. Someone might overpay for a repeat of his 21 wins, though, which would make him less desirable. -TH

Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox | Age: 28 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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14020520085651713.731.29

A poor May prevented Lester from topping his already stellar production in 2011. His K/9 drop-off finished at an elite level; his cutter has become one of the best in the biz. His steady peripherals, including high GB rates, deserve confidence, even with his chicken and beer escapades. A safe mixed value ace. -TH

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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13018614568601933.291.10

Strasburg tossed a few IP last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the previous season. He may struggle with location, but he was such a sharp talent prior to surgery that his adjustment might be quicker than most. His FBv appeared restored, though a complete recovery wouldn't be necessary for him to be a quality pitcher. His IP will be capped. His approximate 160 IP plus a replacement could end up being the equivalent of a No. 2 mixed-league SP (or better). A good bit has to go right for those things to happen, so it's not advisable to pay full price. Some kind of complication is possible, and he's made no discernible alterations to his delivery, which many believe is responsible for his difficulties in the health department. Still, the reward seems likely to be good. If your competition doesn't try to squeeze you, Strasburg seems like a worthwhile investment. If the room is interested in seeing who's willing to go the furthest for him, don't chase him. -NM

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 222

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11018417077681603.771.29

Thanks to his postseason IP, Gallardo could wear down. But he's experienced for his age and logged 2 straight 185-IP seasons before 2011. A 2-seam fastball allowed him to pitch more effectively to contact, but he maintained an elite K/9 along with making career-changing BB/9 and GB% advancements. September issues w/HR no cause for long-term concern. Buy the rest of his value-ace profile. -TH

Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 22 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11017515771771723.651.34

Sure, Moore might only see around 160 IP this year, but the K skills he has shown in the early stages of his career mean those frames could produce Strasburgian excellence - or better - at a much cheaper price. A rotation spot is likely considering his long-term MLB deal. Poise isn't a problem, as he showed in October. Don't pay for his peak numbers in 2012, but he'll still perform as at minimum a mixed No. 3 SP for most of the season. -TH

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 201

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11017216161461413.191.20

Cueto had a direct connection of K/9 decline, BB/9 improvement. Initial 2011 projection underestimated improvements. Just, becoming a different pitcher. Injuries: shoulder in April, back to end season. He's still young and has enough velocity to see K/9 bump, even accidentally, but he looks like a Tim Hudson-esque SP - GB, outs first, K's second. That's not bad, but not worth overpaying for. -TH

Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11017617173531573.731.27

Garza altered his approach last year, throwing more 2-seamers to induce weaker contact. GB rise plus K/9 explosion in move to NL equalled an elite season. His HR prevention is encouraging given his home park. If infield defense improves, he could be even better with a LOB% bump. This might lead to a slight K/9 reduction, but it shouldn't deter you from buying his newly bankable skills. -TH

Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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8012911352451223.631.22

"If healthy" defines the elite upside of Johnson. Too bad he's far from a lock for a full season. How will that shoulder hold up, and how soon will he look like his optimal self? The good news that comes from his extensive medical history is that tucking away his SP1 profile is much cheaper. For whenever he's healthy, you'll see, if all goes right, something close to 9.00 K/9 with a BB/9 of around 3.00 from a grounder-inducing arm. -TH

Dan Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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2030291410234.201.30

Hudson's K/9 took a tumble and might not return to its farm levels in the near future; his IP increase probably took a toll. But his improved slider deployment made him a more complete SP. He can rear back when needed, too, confirming the potential for more K's. Small uptick in grounders could limit HR allowance, but ballpark could mitigate that. Room for fortune in stranding runners, however, boosts optimism for the polished 24-year-old, making him a worthy third mixed SP. -TH

Cory Luebke, San Diego Padres | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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After starting 2011 in the 'pen, Luebke took his control-based game to the rotation, where he excelled and fanned nearly 10 batters per nine innings. He'll inhabit the rotation from the start in '12. This southpaw is likely to hit some growing pains as the opposition sees him more often, but he's still a solid commodity for K/9 and WHIP at a modest price. -KH

Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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12018617070491683.391.18

Shoulder issues hampered Latos early on in 2011; he cleared things up after that. Don't write him off in his new park; his K/9, capable grounder rate and handcuffing arsenal can easily work around it. You can't bank on wins, but you should be excited about his new backing offense and the fact he has performed well on the road throughout his career. He's not a PETCO Park product. The NL Central isn't the AL East, after all. He isn't a top-12 mixed SP, but a top-24? No doubt. -TH

James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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15022020682611913.351.21

Shields' 3.00-plus BB/K will remain; that reflects his approach and valid skills. He alleviated his longtime HR problem with more ground-ball potency and expanded his arsenal with a stronger, more frequently employed curveball. Unfortunately, a natural return to earth will follow the brilliance Big Game showed last season. Good fortune in his left-on-base percentage (79.6, never previously higher than 73.3) and his opponents' in-play clip (.258, career .299) brought his skills to new heights - a stretch, in fact, that isn't likely to happen again and could easily lead to a noticeable K drop. He's a valuable front-end dual-universe starter, but pay for something in the middle of 2010 and 2011, not for an improvement on or the equivalent of the lofty latter. -TH

Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-8 Wt: 210

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee
Bank on Lee

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11017116867341383.531.18

Fister's 2-seam fastball became a staple and bred a remarkable season, complete with his solidifying high level of grounder inducement. But the clash of his low BABIP and high liner rate against say that a correction is coming. Plus, he feasted on the weaker AL Central teams. He probably has already reached his K/9 ceiling considering his approach; Fister induced a below-average amount of whiffs even after his huge climb there. He'll eat IP and avoid hurting you in ERA, but nothing else makes him stand out as anything but deep mixed SP filler. -TH

Shaun Marcum, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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There's some concern of Marcum wearing down: 2 high-IP years - plus playoff frames last year - following long-term elbow issues, including 2009 Tommy John surgery. He was more hittable down the stretch in 2011 and has never recaptured the velocity he showed early in his career. He hopes emphasizing his lower body in his delivery will help him regain some velocity and ease the stress on his right arm. Draters often overlook his adept pitching. He K's enough to get by on his favorable BB/9. The results of his alteration are worth watching in the spring; he's worth a mixed staff filler pick and boasts upside of a mixed SP2, especially if some of his heat returns. -TH

Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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3245351617453.201.16

He induces so many IFFBs that he could be absolutely nasty as a starter. If he's not on his game - if he doesn't have all his pitches working - as we saw in the first half, if he has plenty to lose, because he pays dearly for mistakes. There may be plenty of ups and downs this year, but all in all, Feliz has the goods to make this transition. Texas has two great success stories - C.J. Wilson and Alexi Ogando - so the paths on the map are in ink. Feliz ironed out his issues in the second half last season by incorporating a variety of pitches and setting up hitters well, and both of those traits will come in handy in the rotation. There's a lot to like, particularly if your competition doesn't make you pay a ton to own it. -NM

Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 27 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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It's tempting to call the dramatic dip in Romero's BABIP against him an advancement that comes along with his continued development as a pitcher. After all, the sixth overall pick in 2005 made another leap in BB/9, and his average velocity increased, nearly across the board, while his opponents' line-drive rate plummeted. The southpaw utilized his effective two-seamer more often, which could account for some of the difficulty batters had against him. Romero has reached a point where his physical ability won't get much better, however, and there was certainly some good fortune involved. If you're willing to pay for something closer to 2010's line, plus an extra buck to be pleasantly surprised, you'll be just fine. -NM

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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16020014766742462.971.11

Projecting Darvish has proven difficult, because no matter how hard one tries to be on his depressed statistics from his time spent in Nippon Professional Baseball, the results look good. At some point, good pitching is good pitching; Darvish is undoubtedly a good pitcher. His conditioning and some adjustments he made should aid his ability to handle the gig. How will hype affect his price? How will he compare to other fantasy aces? How the hell can you tell? You can't, and you have to accept that. But, Darvish is young, he's working with an outstanding organization, and he has the best foundation of any Japanese pitching prospect ever to arrive in the States. It's reasonable to believe he'll perform like a No. 2, 3 or 4 mixed-league SP, and he stands a solid chance of reaching the high end of that range. He'll certainly be a fun gamble to take. -NM

Brandon McCarthy, Oakland Athletics | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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701281395523873.871.27

Altered arsenal reduces fly balls and injury risk! The market for McCarthy may reflect skepticism of a pitcher who has spent plenty of time in the trainer's room and the minor leagues. It's difficult to predict how close he'll come to mimicking the pitcher who was in complete control (of free passes issues, that is), but even a noticeable downturn there would put him in an exclusive class. In fact, although a disastrous follow-up could be lurking, it's likelier that he's better in 2012, if only because he's able to pitch more innings. He's for real, even if he's not real special. -NM

Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 36 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Carpenter has been an innings stalwart of late and continues to avoid walks, but his postseason IP increase last year could make him pay more for his increasing penchant to put runners on base. A ray of hope for him maintaining his bankable ratios was his second-half rebound after a very hittable first few months. Also note his recovery in swinging-strike percentage to an above-average level and his highest first-strike percentage since 2006. Aggressive zone-pounding should keep him afloat, but his vulnerability is increasing as his age does the same. There isn't much upside anymore, but his downside is a bigger sink than in past years. -TH

Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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HR weren't as much of an issue in the minors. But Beachy also split time between the rotation and the bullpen then and he has a high fly-ball rate. Then again, he began to reduce that fly-ball rate considerably in the final two months. He's like James Shields: above-average strike thrower with good hard four-seamer; year-to-year fluctuations in hit rate thanks to hittability but also BB limiting; LOB% because of K-friendly pitch sequences. But Beachy also capable of big year, a la Shields' 2011, and will come much cheaper. -TH

Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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11016014662581243.491.28

A stress fracture in Buchholz's back cost him a few months. Health could move his K/9 up, but fatigue could set in over the course of a full season, which might mean a K stagnation. Stats say he transformed his slider into more of a cutter last year - the pitch has been successful for other BOS SP. Falling in line? GB-centric arsenal relies a bit on fortune, which adds some risk, but his BB/9 is moderate but stable, and his K/9 upside and likely low price make him an attractive SP piece. -TH

Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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13020019276411553.421.17

Zimmermann is taken in most drafts at a point where you can reach for your favorites. And sure, the 25-year-old RHP boasts plenty of upside, thanks to pristine control. In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, he displayed the components of what will eventually become a fine pitcher that'll reside in the top 36 mixed starters for years to come. How much will he build on last year, though? His swinging-strike percentage jumped, but it settled at a level well below the league average. Even with his mid-90s velocity and likely implementation of a changeup, he's not yet a "blow you away" P. He still yields a smidge too much contact, and not enough of it hits the infield dirt to expect him to grow all that much from last year. He'll rely on a high strand rate to succeed; if he can't hold runners, he could endure a harsh correction this season - or at least not return a yield that many are willing to pay in mixed leagues. "Last year's results" inflation comes in varying degrees. -TH

Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox | Age: 31 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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601011034629834.101.31

Beckett reduced his contact rate against and increased his swinging-strike against percentage. He also returned to his low BB/9 ways. How? He compensated for a slowly declining four-seamer by utilizing his quality curveball and changeup. He ended up harnessing and relying on his cut fastball, too, and that may have made the difference. He was the beneficiary, however, of some good fortune, especially the hit rate against. Good health hasn't become a given, either, just because it was with him in 2011. Will he maintain those gains? He's not as old as he seems, so it's possible, but don't pay for a repeat. -NM

Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves | Age: 36 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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9016114668431133.801.17

Hudson, out until at least May, could come at a bargain. Of course, someone who dealt with back issues even before his surgery could be limited even after returning. Still, even with K's merely being a secondary part of his game, capitalizing on a weak market for such a stable GB- and control-oriented skill set can pay off later on in the season. Post-Tommy John arm has more K punch than in the past, and health should continue that. -TH

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants | Age: 22 Thr: L Ht: 6-5 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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14020616576601983.321.09

One of the biggest fantasy profits of 2011, Bumgarner regained the velocity he lost in 2010 on his way to a breakout campaign. Just 22, he has a bright future, and we got a glimpse of it with his big increase in swinging strikes and K/9. But how much better will he be this coming season? Will he still induce ample K's from his 2-seamer? His WHIP contributed to his K/9 increase, oddly enough. He puts plenty of runners on base, one of the bad results of his pristine BB/9, and high hit rates will stick with him throughout his career if he keeps up this profile. Will leaning on his slider make him pay? This is a great skill set that could get better, but his track record isn't as big as other similarly priced options, and he'll have to receive another perfect peripheral storm to meet lofty expectations set by 2011. Be careful. -TH

Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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3064582618563.661.19

In 2011, Stauffer gave up a rash of homers in an August that was part of one ugly stretch that featured his worst K/9 and BB/9 of the season. The right-hander likely hit a wall right around that stage, considering that he was a reliever for most of 2010. He finished on a strong note and, with stamina on his side, could be a nice, mildly unvervalued play in deep leagues this year. -NM

Roy Oswalt, free agent | Age: 32 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Last year with the Philadelphia Phillies, when he was healthy, his indicators were right on par with his marks from recent seasons prior. As has been the case in the past handful of years or so, health is the primary determinant in Oswalt's risk level. The case with many such players: It's better to buy them coming off a down year, because when coming off a good one, the price fails to factor in health risk enough. That makes 2012 a good time to buy Oswalt. You have to consider his age (33) and the nature of his back problems, and then temper expectations. Still, there is profit to be made. -NM

Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13019716477791973.521.23

Seems like he's gone about as far as his talent can take him with a control rate that poor. Pitchers of this ilk certainly have great upside; their abilities alone give them the chance to outperform indicative metrics like xFIP. But they throw too many pitches per inning to make jumps in workload or improvements in other areas. They end up underperforming in those same areas, and they don't stick around their peaks as long as other above-average hurlers do. Gonzalez should be quite good in his move to the NL, but don't expect there to be a "next step" that doesn't involve a big reduction in his BB/9. -NM

Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5084843423663.641.27

Garcia's offerings resemble Chris Carpenter's but hold more upside, especially in K/9: For a GB pitcher, he induces plenty of missed hacks. It's an alluring combo, and he's already adept at eating innings for being so young. Some LOB% recovery could bring him closer to repeating stellar 2010; don't hope for a complete return to it, but it's within reach and could come at a discount. -TH

Michael Pineda, New York Yankees | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 260

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
7012511156411114.031.22

Pineda has the dominance to overcome a tougher division, but the rate of aerial shots against the 23-year-old stands out with his new home park, the 161st and River NASA launch station. Expect mixed SP3 numbers. Buy his K/9. Brace for corrections elsewhere, even though his IP were managed relatively well last year. His new digs might scare off your opponents enough that he could actually come at a bargain price, but blind optimism bred from "Last Year's Results" syndrome will make him a less desirable pursuit in many rooms. -TH

Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017516879751664.061.39

Statistically, there wasn't a whole lot that was different between Jimenez's 2009 and 2010 seasons and his 2011 campaign. The defense behind him last year was certainly unreliable, though. Jimenez believes that a minor groin strain affected him for most of the season, although last year he and the Colorado Rockies seemed adamant that the issues were unrelated to his healthy. The Indians believe that there was also something mechanically wrong, and the right-hander believes that he's fixed the issue. Whatever the case, velocity recovery is vital to the prospect of a rebound. There's little reason to expect much variance in the talented northpaw's indicators in 2012, so some kind of bounce-back is expected, no matter what. -NM

Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers | Age: 32 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
601001024426813.961.28

Hidden in Lewis' ghastly fly-ball increase was a heavy percentage of opponents' flies staying in the infield. This could mean Lewis is becoming more willing to induce friendlier contact while staying around the strike zone. He's one of the best at getting ahead with the first strike, which should counteract a potentially questionable four-seam velocity. So would harnessing the cutter he started implementing last season. An effective IP eater that'll make a fine backender on any mixed staff and has the upside to return to 2010 production. -TH

Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14020517881582243.561.15

Although it didn't reveal itself in the postseason, Scherzer's impressive improvement in BB/9 appears to be fortified by the fact that he maintained it for five months and demonstrated gradual growth in that area throughout the season. He made virtually no sacrifice in his strikeout prowess. The right-hander remains a long-ball yielder, but he could stand some better fortune in HR/FB. Scherzer, 27, seems to be headed for his first campaign of 200-plus innings and perhaps a breakthrough that includes 200-plus K's. -NM

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
60100974632734.141.29

Considering how many empty hacks Hellickson induced last season, a K/9 growth is in the cards; his stuff is great and deserves your confidence. Hell Boy was one of the league leaders in infield flies induced - that's a great sign of how overblown his fly-ball problems are. He keeps hitters off-balance with a superb changeup; if he follows through on a promise to throw his cutter more often, that'll facilitate his K promise. His ERA is ripe for regression, but it won't be disastrous. His lack of K's from last year could scare off uninformed fantasy players and allow Hellickson to be had at a value in mixed leagues. -TH

John Danks, Chicago White Sox | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215

Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale
Discount Sale ... pounce

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9017519085481154.371.36

Danks is shaping up to be one of fantasy baseball's better bargains in 2012. This past season, the LHP with a low-90s heater and excellent cutter (which was not very effective for a good portion of 2011, granted) improved his K/9 and BB/9 - each considerably - for the second consecutive campaign. He's actually more effective against RHB than LHB. His nauseating results - including his failure to register a victory - in the season's first couple of months were well-documented, but he turned things around in June via some mechanical adjustments and a change of his position on the rubber. In 2012, fantasy managers should be more than willing to invest in Danks. He appears to be on the cusp of a new statistical plateau, and because of his 2011 results and the perils of his home park, some of the competition won't notice. -NM

Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12019218374521463.471.22

The right-hander posted an excellent BB/9 for the first five months of last season. A poor September won't ruin gains made there. Is he learning trade secrets from teammates Dan Haren and Jered Weaver? Judging from his surface marks, Santana appeared to have taken the next big step in 2011. Is it all good pitching, or was good fortune a big player? His advance in GB/FB is promising, but there isn't enough to indicate either way, for sure. He's certainly good, but he's occasionally maddening. There's upside for more but a little downside that comes with. -NM

Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jurrjens' friendly BB/9 is his best fantasy offering outside a relatively stable history of accruing wins. Last year was eerily similar to his 2009, but he allowed more hard contact in 2011, and that was even before a bothersome knee cut his season short. His statistical correction was in full force when his season ended. Dings seem to be piling up, which tarnishes a K-starved and somewhat fortune-dependent profile that can't be expected to surpass last season's overachievement. He's a relatively safe mixed staff capper, but consider 2011 a unicorn season. -TH

Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox | Age: 22 Thr: L Ht: 6-6 Wt: 180

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14020017272502093.241.11

His rate of walks is on the decline and may continue to be despite a move to the rotation. He has already shown us the ground-ball rate it takes to pitch at Cell on a regular basis. Let's hope for no increase in fly-ball rate when he's stretched out. Sale offers plenty of promise in the strikeouts column and could be an asset in other areas as well. There don't seem to be enough fantasy baseball players aware of this fact. A tantalizing high-upside, low-cost target. -NM

Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees | Age: 37 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13019519379461443.651.23

Kuroda gave up harder contact near the end of 2011 and isn't looking as impervious to HR as he was in LA. That'll hurt the contact-first SP with NYY. Still a serviceable IP eater, but without park security and likely hard fall in LOB%, he's a riskier proposition, especially at age 37. Mixed league filler with a palpable downside to recent numbers - except maybe wins, but that's not something you should aim for. -TH

Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3060603118434.651.30

Can Baker's sinker really help his K/9 that much again? It's an M.O. to avoid HR, which have bugged him throughout his career. Even with the new pitch, he gave up 1.00 HR/9 and still relies on his park and defense (note the high liner rate). His BB/9 is impeccable, but he'll be around the strike zone often, which in conjunction with a likely LOB% regression could produce a violent correction. He doesn't need a high WHIP to have his ERA hurt you. Fallout from his elbow surgery lingered and a flexor pronator strain eventually ended his season. How will his arm hold up? A hint of optimism of his 2011 repeating, but plenty of risks, even at his cheap, late-rounds price for a deep mixed SP staff. -TH

Derek Holland, Texas Rangers | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
6090903828743.801.31

Calling Verducci: Holland is at risk of wearing down because of his large IP increase from 2010 to his breakout 2011. His skills, however, came together and are worth pursuing again. More GB increase, better fastball deployment, a blossoming first-pitch strike percentage and cleaner use of secondary stuff aided his transformation. He'll slip in mixed drafts because of fears of regression - workload- and luck-based. At that point, your investment is low enough to stave off those fears; though erratic, the kid's talented. -TH

Ted Lilly, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 36 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

You'd think Lilly has to break at some point, but he came back strong after getting over his 1H injuries last year. Acupuncture might've been a key to his revival. Still, his fly-ball-friendly, finesse-fueled, soft-tossing approach means he's living on the edge at age 36. Do you want him on your team when the breakdown happens? Sure, he'll be cheap and will eat innings, but why pass up upside options for a crash candidate? He isn't automatic anymore. -TH

Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017516678451424.011.21

Peavy has been disappointing - when healthy. A long and winding recovery from injuries over the last few years has buried a skill set that, while fly-ball-heavy, still holds plenty of promise. His woes don't make him "injury-prone" - just unfortunate. Peavy seems to have taken the right course to prepare for this season. His K/9 and K/BB are hidden beneath other ugly numbers. Those willing to take a low-dollar shot on him in 2012 face the prospect of something a lot closer to those marks in ERA, with a healthy dose of K's. -NM

Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10018619985471204.111.32

IP increase could worry some about Leake, but he isn't a max-effort arm, and CIN controlled his IP last year anyway. Will he display more K/9 from the velocity increase he teased last spring? He's maturing, and his skill set is becoming more bankable as low-end fantasy rotation filler. His skill set makes him more valuable in the middle tiers of NL-only SP. -TH

Wandy Rodriguez, Houston Astros | Age: 33 Thr: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 160

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9016716972461153.881.29

Though the late-blooming LHP has come on in recent years, the soft-tossing Rodriguez remains on the precipice of a significant fall-off. He keeps hitters off-balance instead of blowing them away. Rodriguez coaxes enough grounders to build on this NL-friendly approach, but he's quite hittable. His more frequent inclusion of a two-seamer and cutter will stifle his K/9, which is in a 3-year drop, and his likely lack of run support contributes to his diminishing profit offering. Wandy isn't as magical as you think. -TH

Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10016014868561073.831.28

Chacin's K upside also took a dive when he changed to a more grounder- and contact-friendly approach in late 2011. He still boasts the FBv to dial it up when needed, but in order to limit free passes, he'll probably be around the plate more. He knows how to pitch at Coors Field, though, which could provide a buying opportunity if others remain scared of his home park. The upside will outweight the WHIP hit at some point in your draft. -TH

Daniel Bard, Boston Red Sox | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Bard carries an upper-90s four-seamer that'll lose a few mph on the radar gun with a move to the rotation. He may have to learn to depend on his slider less often than he did as a reliever, but it'll be a high-quality pitch as long as he keeps hitters from sitting on it. Bard has been preparing all offseason to start. The RHP has improved his control rate from 4.01 to 3.62 to 2.96 in his 3 MLB seasons. He won't cost much - practically zero in a very deep mixed league. Although it doesn't seem likely that he'll give you some rotisserie righteousness, be willing to give him a shot. -TH

Jeff Niemann, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-9 Wt: 260

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Niemann has taken strides in his ability to locate and mix sequences, as well as induce grounders, in the past few seasons. Things could be getting better for him, especially if the boost in K/9 he showed last year carries over. He'll still rely on his solid D and amicable ballpark for the most part, but he has the combination of necessary skills - already established and those growing - to make for a decent mixed SP end-gamer. -TH

Luke Hochevar, Kansas City Royals | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
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Gains everywhere in 2011 except for K/9 ... And splits reveal gains across the board after the break. KC's defense remains a work-in-progress, so the uptick in ground-ball rate isn't necessarily a positive. But Hochevar's promise of additional strikeouts in 2011 should decrease his need to rely on the gloves behind him. Former first-round pick finally close to reaching his potential? A breakout candidate with modest upside. -NM

Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson
Will Hell Boy unleash more K's?

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10014513659511263.661.29

Last spring's right forearm inflammation, with Toronto's extra cautious approach and Morrow's late start, seemed to make his initial performance sluggish. He still continued to drive down that BB/9, and he did it for most of the campaign. When opponents could hit him, they hit him hard. He struggled to get out of innings, and it was always one or two laborious frames that set him back, especially at home. There's still still plenty of upside here, and it remains combustible. The breakout hype from 2011 seems to have died down, however. The price should be reasonable enough again to keep you interested. That strikeout repertoire has to translate to a better strand rate. -NM

Anibal Sanchez, Miami Marlins | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14019017668571903.221.23

A long-awaited strikeout explosion graced Sanchez's 2011 line. His polished changeup and ability to get ahead more often gave him the extra punch. Plus, he pitched a full season for the second straight year, easing concerns over his durability. Sanchez's LOB% will regress a little, but this underrated SP has the command to temper its danger to keep his output close to that of the last 2 seasons. Skills you can get at a discount are always in style. -TH

Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017616874661293.781.33

A move to the National League, even with a more hitter-friendly ballpark, makes Cahill an OK mixed SP4, though he's more ideally a 5 or 6. His K/9 should stay above 6.00, and his grounder inducement will counteract Chase Field. Expect an ERA somewhere between his 2010 and 2011 figures. He'll eat IP, too, which could elevate him to bargain NL ace level. -TH

Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 250

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13020017682791823.691.28

Gains in control rate and versus left-handed batters appear to be for real thanks to changes in his arsenal and pitch sequences. Late-season fade highly likely a result of fatigue only. Increase in velocity on four-seamer and two-seamer in a season in which Masterson established a career high for frames pitched seems to bode well for long term. This might be a critical year: How close is the right-hander to becoming part of fantasy baseball's best? He may slide backward a bit ... or be even better than he was in 2011. Assuming health problems don't interfere. -NM

Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3090954320544.301.28

Jonathan Sanchez, Kansas City Royals | Age: 29 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Biceps tendonitis and ankly injury clearly affected him before he ended up on the disabled list. The maladies are conceivably byproducts of a 2010 workload that carried him deep into the postseason. They shouldn't be long-term concerns. The left-hander is in position to bounce back. The change in leagues and lingering perception that KC is an unfavorable destination in the general sense may make the price more than reasonable. Sanchez will be a fine source of strikeouts. Walks remain his wolf's bane, so the profit potential is limited, but 2010 wasn't all smoke and mirrors. -NM

Johan Santana, New York Mets | Age: 32 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
1030311710245.101.37

Santana was already displaying a skills decline before his 2010 injury and 2011 absence. His two-year period of high fly-ball rates was acceptable at old Citi Field but could fire back in its new incarnation, especially with questions about his velocity. He still has pitching smarts but is more vulnerable if he stays around the plate too much. A stash commodity in mixed leagues: You can hope for past upside but will likely have to settle for a fraction of it, complete with fewer K's than desired. -TH

Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 32 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3060593029554.501.47

Health is Bedard's biggest deterrent. This often creates a chance at a value buy for his elite K/9. His stuff should play better in a favorable home park and a weakened NL Central. His 128 IP will often be better than a full season from other low-end mixed SP. Many times, that's worth picking Bedard for the hope that he comes close to the 182 IP he logged in 2008. -TH

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 235

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5097903728823.431.22

Collmenter's funky delivery drove his wildly successful MLB debut. The control freak strikes out few and gives up plenty of fly balls, which is always a concern for any Chase Field pitcher. Another spot for a downfall is the extra tape opponents will gain on his release point - sure, it's hidden, but it's prone to what will likely be painful hitter adjustments. This is a luck- and wins-fueled profile that isn't worth a spin on mixed draft day; NL-only pickers should realize the downside potential if they must call his name. -TH

R.A. Dickey, New York Mets | Age: 37 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14021520094631803.931.22

Vance Worley, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
1015198594.801.60

Juan Nicasio, Colorado Rockies | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5086864234714.401.40

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 35 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 194

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019119885361174.011.23

Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4084834032724.291.37

Floyd's skills are attractive, especially his BB/9. K/9 outside of June was desirable. He boasts a diverse arsenal and might improve if he sticks with a more frequent cutter, but his fastball doesn't overpower, and he's often around the plate. He's ripe for positive correction in LOB% but also in BAABIP. He failed to uphold previous year's GB spike. Sure, there's upside, but there's also a history of underperforming sabermetric expectations - a slightly more attractive Ricky Nolasco, perhaps, in that department. -TH

Chris Capuano, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 33 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4075793220603.841.32

Dallas Braden, Oakland Athletics | Age: 28 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jonathon Niese, New York Mets | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9015415261471233.561.29

Health has deterred Niese from making progress in his career, but his GB-K combination is worth backing. His diverse arsenal included an increase in curveballs last year; a horrid August when trying to pitch through intercostal strain skewed his ERA. The hidden improvements to his approach should improve LOB% fortune. WHIP won't help, but good chance other peripherals will, for the price. A sleeper. -TH

Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017517780511354.111.30

Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics | Age: 38 Thr: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 265

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017619070331193.581.27

Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
1001501556546943.901.34

Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins | Age: 32 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12020021794481244.231.33

Buehrle eats innings via pristine control, frequent contact inducement and veteran moxie. His profile moves to a more pitcher-friendly locale and league. His boring but stable profile isn't necessarily draft-worthy in mixed leagues, but it won't hurt you in a depth role. -TH

Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4060602621513.901.35

Wade Davis, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4270532529753.211.17

Davis, 26, is under contract through 2014, with options for 2015 through 2017. The righty has invoked concern because of his dipping fastball velocity and rate of strikeouts per nine innings, however. He's also failed to make a notable reduction in his rate of free passes issued, and he's yielded fly balls more than 40 percent of the time in the past two seasons. The positive: His off-speed stuff and two-seamer have helped him coax a hearty rate of pop-ups in his career, and perhaps this has been his focus. AL fantasy owners will doubtless take no notice of the upside that still lies in Davis, but signs of it will need to emerge this year for faith to begin the restoration process. He's still worth risking a few bucks on in a mono league. -NM

Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
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Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019317578511803.641.17

Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 170

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11016015660381253.381.21

Bud Norris, Houston Astros | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9014514465561294.031.38

Norris' improving BB/9 makes him a potential stud. A lower fly-ball allowance would be more comforting, especially at his hitter-friendly home digs, but his K's are aiding him in stranding runners. While others devalue the team he plays for - and therefore his wins potential - you should buy his difference-making K/9 as a desirable fantasy baseball bargain. -TH

Ivan Nova, New York Yankees | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12017517667531433.451.31

Nova's slider polishing could lead to improvements, but this is a fantasy SP driven by run support and in-play fortune. K/9 upside is boring. A mixed staff capper and a risky proposition if you're making him an AL-only frontliner. -TH

Tom Milone, Oakland Athletics | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017518373391353.751.27

Phil Hughes, New York Yankees | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017518178471444.011.30

Hughes' 2010 numbers could've been better had he not faded in the middle of the summer and at times in the second half, some of that likely attributable to fatigue since he spent most of the previous season in the bullpen. When Hughes came to camp in 2011, his Pinstripes didn't quite fit. Perhaps he took his rotation spot for granted. In the first half, he spent time on the 60-day DL for arm fatigue, with diminished velocity a noticeable symptom that never really went away. Will his rededication result in more fantasy fortune in 2012? There's certainly evidence that it's helped before. Hughes still hasn't proven that he can last in the bigs as a starter, but he's learning what it takes to get there. Monitor his spring condition, and be ready to pay on a markdown if the signs are positive. -NM

Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins | Age: 36 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 250

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Danny Hultzen, Seattle Mariners | Age: 22 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres | Age: 28 Thr: L Ht: 6-5 Wt: 245

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

The left-hander battled despite reduced velocity and overall effectiveness with a shoulder injury, one whose roots took hold in spring training. When the pain became too much, everything plummeted, and Richard ended up on the DL shortly thereafter. With health, he might've taken another step forward. With health, this year, he still could, although it's a gamble. -NM

Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 33 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 209

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12019119281361263.821.19

Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9018218788591484.351.35

Nationals Park doesn't favor pitchers like Busch Stadium did, but it's generally considered neutral, and Jackson adapted to toeing the rubber in his previous pitcher-friendly environs. Maintaining his improvement in GB inducement would go over well with his new infield defense, and a rebound in LOB% last season revealed his true potential. The highly effective two-seamer he harnessed last season tempers his K/9 upside but speaks volumes about his BB/9 maturity. Also, the 28-year-old's mid-90s fastball velocity shows he could K seven per nine frames almost by accident. Consider Jackson a roster-capping mixed SP. NL drafters should feel just as confident drafting him as an SP2 or 3. -TH

Jason Vargas, Seattle Mariners | Age: 29 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019020187541314.121.34

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants | Age: 34 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
8016216377581134.281.36

Jeremy Guthrie, Colorado Rockies | Age: 32 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
100200228101561094.551.42

Chien-Ming Wang, Washington Nationals | Age: 32 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Chris Narveson, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 30 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Dillon Gee, New York Mets | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9017116973451313.841.25

Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019019585461494.031.27

Porcello has maintained a superb control rate, but he hasn't yet demonstrated a true put-away offering in the bigs. He pitches to contact and frequently induces ground balls, but he's made too many mistakes to manage the low HR/9 that his excellent fly-ball rate would support. There's a bit of profitability lurking here, though. His peripherals suggest room for modest improvement, especially if his effort to strengthen his arm (for added velocity) pans out. He's not a sure bet to be anything more than a solid AL-only asset, but deep mixed league players may find room for him at some point, too. -NM

Carlos Zambrano, Miami Marlins | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 255

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 21 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12018116373631683.631.25

Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3045472019304.001.47

Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals | Age: 34 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9016016475501054.221.34

Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3065653130584.291.46

Volquez is the definition of frustrating, especially thanks to his 2011 campaign, which included a lengthy demotion to the minors. PETCO Park should help reduce the frequency in which he allows long balls, but if he can't find the strike zone it won't matter much. Volquez is still worth a late-round mixed stab; he's only 28 and has the stuff to be dominant. -KH

Eric Surkamp, San Francisco Giants | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3050562515324.501.42

Ricky Nolasco, Miami Marlins | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11019520888451464.061.30

Nolasco always underperforms the promise his peripherals bestow. At least you used to get a decent amount of K's mixed in with his disaster starts. That's in jeopardy because of his altered approach last year; he's throwing his two-seamer and sinking fastball more frequently to induce contact. He was already around the plate too often when the fantasy world still coveted him. There's enough hope if you peg him as a mixed SP6 or so, but his recent batting-practice output should outweigh any fleeting optimism. -TH

Drew Pomeranz, Colorado Rockies | Age: 23 Thr: L Ht: 6-5 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4090904036784.001.40

Randy Wolf, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 35 Thr: L Ht: 5-10 Wt: 198

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Henderson Alvarez, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 21 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
801511546641883.931.29

Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs | Age: 34 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Many things (mild reduction in average fastball velocity and slip in swinging-strike percentage, for example) point to decrease in Dempster's K/9 that didn't manifest. His high hit rate against suggests some of that is "bad luck," but the opposition made contact against Dempster with not-so-subtle frequency, a big change. Is this the beginning of the end? This could be just a wakeup call that it's once again time to adapt, but the question is whether he will again. Some rebound is likely, but it's not wise to bank on much of one without more reason to back it up. -NM

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017518174501213.811.32

Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 235

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4065552424703.321.22

Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
1030331610214.801.43

Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Parker is a ground-ballah. Is that a good thing, in Oakland? Prior to his 2009 half-season at Double-A Mobile and then Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2010 season, control wasn't much of an issue. But that's a big step up. Will it be once his feet are wet in the big leagues? All TBD. But there's a lot of other stuff - K ability, poise, steady progress in recovery from elbow reconstruction - to like about this top prospect. Although he has no experience at the Class AAA level, he has a good chance to spend time with the A's and be at least an AL-only asset. -NM

Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves | Age: 21 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11018117672491603.581.24

Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies | Age: 30 Thr: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10016115969601123.861.36

Chris Volstad, Chicago Cubs | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-8 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 35 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017516172621603.701.27

There's an excuse. A reason. Some fault. He has all that talent, and then something goes wrong. Burnett's projection, when you give him some benefit of doubt, looks solid for an NL game and would find relevance in a deep mixed version at some point. We'll see. The upside is much greater. The likelihood that he'll approach his ceiling, especially at 35, is slim. The ball he bunted into the ground and then off his face doesn't get him off to a good start. The change of scenery should be good for him, though. -NM

Aaron Crow, Kansas City Royals | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3055522024553.271.38

Robert Erlin, San Diego Padres | Age: 21 Thr: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 175

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4073713124603.821.30

Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 31 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 245

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3075894319615.161.44

Alex Sanabia, Miami Marlins | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 165

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Freddy Garcia, New York Yankees | Age: 35 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 250

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2041432011274.391.32

Brad Peacock, Oakland Athletics | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
7014513265591334.031.32

Hidden in Peacock's hideous numbers at new levels are the stellar marks he's posted once he's had time to adapt. He's expected to compete for and could certainly win a rotation spot in ST, but that might not be the best thing for his development. With an MLB debut already under the hard-throwing right-hander's belt but just 48 frames registered at the Triple-A level, he could stand a little more seasoning. There's always the chance that he could surprise early on, with O.co Coliseum a friendly backdrop, but if he comes along this summer, he could post quality roto numbers in the second half. -NM

Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12018717673501633.511.21

Minor was likely overrated as a prospect: He doesn't have much velocity and is quite hittable. His K's come from deception and first-strike aggressiveness, but he clearly needs a third pitch to complement his fastball-changeup combo. With a rotation spot, he's mixed filler. He's more valuable as an NL-only staff capper. -TH

Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins | Age: 28 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017015770681683.711.32

Blake Beavan, Seattle Mariners | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Liam Hendriks, Minnesota Twins | Age: 23 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 22 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10016715170681323.771.31

Jacob Turner, Detroit Tigers | Age: 20 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
8016516178661034.251.38

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
33145281420742.801.07

Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017616673571353.731.27

Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4090884438794.401.40

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants | Age: 33 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 206

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3053512423444.081.40

Anthony Bass, San Diego Padres | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2045432018354.001.36

Dustin Moseley, San Diego Padres | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

John Lannan, Washington Nationals | Age: 27 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4073773326424.071.41

Joe Saunders, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 30 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4075874023444.801.47

Paul Maholm, Chicago Cubs | Age: 29 Thr: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 224

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4067713122454.161.39

Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 235

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5092884135784.011.34

Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-5 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9015215366531023.911.36

Now that he's copied Doc Halladay's windup and experienced success, the hurdle to get to the next phase is a mental one more than a physical one. Will he attack left-handed batters in on their hands ... consistently? Will he rein it in, learn to paint some corners rather than just fling it up there? Frequent fly balls (and, thus, home runs) allowed are practically a thing of the past, but if Morton continues to get hammered, he won't benefit as much as he should. Improved control and a greater grasp of this style open the door for more K's, as they did Doc, but it's hard to match your FIP or xFIP without improving the things that Morton needs to improve so much. At least you can consider the average roto competitor a non-believer and hope for the best in very deep leagues, because there's some upside. There's just no telling until we see it, though. -NM

Jeff Karstens, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Felipe Paulino, Kansas City Royals | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 270

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
8015014073611504.381.34

Carlos Villanueva, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4098904434874.041.27

Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
601231266135934.461.31

Randall Delgado, Atlanta Braves | Age: 22 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
50101994634804.101.32

Jordan Lyles, Houston Astros | Age: 21 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3064733220434.501.45

Aaron Harang, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 33 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 260

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3059642920444.421.42

Dustin McGowan, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 235

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3045401719423.401.31

Vicente Padilla, Boston Red Sox | Age: 34 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Charlie Furbush, Seattle Mariners | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-5 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4065522525733.461.18

Kevin Slowey, Cleveland Indians | Age: 27 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jason Hammel, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 215

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
501091085241824.291.37

Jake Westbrook, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 34 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-7 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10018520388621174.281.43

Brad Lincoln, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Tommy Hunter, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 280

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
42575723114583.721.15

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox | Age: 31 Thr: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2045442520385.001.42

Casey Kelly, San Diego Padres | Age: 22 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
203844176434.031.32

Duane Below, Detroit Tigers | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jason Marquis, Minnesota Twins | Age: 33 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Anthony Swarzak, Minnesota Twins | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4075783220553.841.31

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals | Age: 23 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5090904340814.301.44

Luis Mendoza, Kansas City Royals | Age: 28 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Andrew Oliver, Detroit Tigers | Age: 24 Thr: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Brian Matusz, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 25 Thr: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3445411716463.401.27

Kyle Weiland, Houston Astros | Age: 25 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 195

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Randy Wells, Chicago Cubs | Age: 29 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Kevin Correia, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 31 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
901701978542904.501.41

J.A. Happ, Houston Astros | Age: 29 Thr: L Ht: 6-6 Wt: 200

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
5090854543774.501.42

Henry Sosa, Houston Astros | Age: 26 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Nick Blackburn, Minnesota Twins | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Last year, Blackburn became afflicted with radial tunnel syndrome, which caused decompression of the radial nerve in his right forearm. It clearly affected his performance, judging from splits in the areas of BB/9 and even K/9, which had been budding prior to that point. That doesn't mean the righty comes recommended as a great profit play, just that he still stands a reasonable chance of being adequate at end of your deep AL roster. -NM

Derek Lowe, Cleveland Indians | Age: 38 Thr: R Ht: 6-6 Wt: 230

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Kyle Drabek, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 24 Thr: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 220

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
1030311514204.501.50

Jerome Williams, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 30 Thr: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 240

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
501301346540914.501.34

Livan Hernandez, Houston Astros | Age: 37 Thr: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 245

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Andrew Miller, Boston Red Sox | Age: 26 Thr: L Ht: 6-7 Wt: 210

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3045381724613.401.38

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